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Veterans Day

November 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Veterans Day started, in the United States, 11 November 1919, as Armistice Day, on the one year anniversary of the end of the Great War (World War I). Remember the term on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month? The last living American who served in World War I was Frank Buckles. He died 27 February 2011 at the age of 110 years.

In 1954, Congress changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day, to celebrate all the veterans who served. Today there are over 21 million veterans who have served America in war and peace. We thank them all for their service to this nation and their fellow citizens.

Manchester City Library has many materials on a wide range of military matters, classic stories and new perspectives. Some examples are:

15 Minutes: General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation by L. Douglas Keeney

Unbroken a World War II Airman’s Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Hog Pilots, Blue Water Grunts : The American Military in the Air, at Sea and on the Ground by Robert D. Kaplan

We Were Soldiers Once… and Young by LT General Harold G. Moore (ret.) and Joseph L. Galloway

The Coldest War : America and the Korean War by David Halbertstam

Citizen Soldiers : The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany by Stephen Ambrose

Black Hawk Down : a Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden

A Few Good Women : America’s Military Women from World War I to the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by Evelyn Monaham

No True Glory : A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah by Bing West

From Baghdad, with Love by LT Colonel Jay Kopelman with Melinda Roth

Eileen Reddy (U.S. Navy 1979-89)

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